HEARTBREAKING: Father of Hostage Dies Hours Before Son’s Rescue

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Yossi Jan, 57, died on Shabbos just hours before his son Almog Meir Jan was rescued from captivity in Gaza along with three other Israeli hostages.

Officials arrived at Yossi’s home in the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba around noon to inform him of his son’s rescue, only to find him unconscious. Magen David Adom paramedics called to the scene determined his death. The cause of death remains under investigation.

Almog, 21, Noa Argamani, 26, Andrey Kozlov, 27 and Shlomi Ziv, 40, were rescued on Shabbos morning in a complex operation in the heart of a crowded Gaza residential neighborhood.

All four were abducted by Hamas from the Supernova music festival near Kibbutz Re’im during the Oct. 7 massacre.

They are recovering at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, where they were reunited with their families.

“My brother died of grief and didn’t get to see his son return. The night before Almog’s return, my brother’s heart stopped. He didn’t get to see his son return,” Dina Jan, Almog’s aunt, told Kan News.

Rabbi Lior Engelman, Yosef’s friend, sent a message to a WhatsApp group in Kfar Saba on Motzei Shabbos, writing that “Yosef loved Almog with all his heart and was tormented day after day. His heart couldn’t stand it, and tragically, 20 hours before the happiness that awaited him—he fell asleep.”

Yossi will be buried at 5:30 p.m. at Kfar Saba’s Neve Yamin cemetery.

Orit Meir, Almog’s mother, pictured during an emotional reunion at the hospital on Shabbos, celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

“He had a kind of calendar, a diary, and knew how many days he was there [in captivity]. He knew that I had a birthday today, and he knew a month ago that he had a birthday,” she told Army Radio.



  1. Maybe, davka the father being in shomayim, he was able to be poel yeshuos, guaranteeing his son’s safe release.

    • Even so that does not take away from the fact that this is heartbreaking from a differnt standpoint! Yes there is what to think about from an emunah standpoint but its wrong to stifle this very real and legitamate Hergish and pain that if only the father was able to see his son free BeChayav.

      Yes the father know now but not BeChayav! There is a major differnts between being Zoche to ones son freed beChayav then to seeing them Freed Lachar Missah!

      Whats the Proof to this?

      Farkert Whats the Proof that not!

      When a person is in this world everything that happens to him is of value and being able to see and know withones Guf is not the same as seeing and knowing without a Guf.

      So this father never saw his son with his Guf!

      The Arabs dont appreciate Guf and are so fickle about life with a guf but by us Chayei Shaah is of th egreatest importance and we will save someones life for Chayei Shaah.

      If our Kochot nefesh feel its not the same as being able to have seen his son in his life we need to not be light about such a hergish and suspect that Yesh Dvarim Bgav.

      We need to learn torah and approach Emunah withour Kochot Nefesh and not ignore them.

      The Kochot nefesh react strongly to the fact that it was a tragic that the father was not around to se his son; thus we should take that seriously right or wrong and then seek to see if there is value to such a feeling or not.

      Most likely there is so then how can we conclude unequivacally that not without anyproofs to show that it would be worthless for the father to have know that his son was alive while alive.

      I suspect that such is indeed a tradgedy of epic proportions and that no it is not a nechama to say now that “Oh it was the father being Poel in Shamayim that helped this miracle happen.”

      No! Right now we can celebrate the miracle and grieve for the father and his family that the father doid not get to see his son with his body in this world.

      When we grieve as Jews who said we are only greiving the living???


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